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Cold Justice (Detective Ella Marconi #3)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  124 ratings  ·  22 reviews
A teenage girl stumbles across the body of her classmate, Tim Pieters, hidden amongst the bushes. His family is devastated, the killer is never found.

Eighteen years later, political pressure sees the murder investigation reopened. Detective Ella Marconi tracks down Georgie Riley, the student who found the body, and who is now a paramedic. Georgie seems to be telling the tr...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published February 2010 by Pan MacMillan Australia (first published 2010)
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Nineteen years ago the body of Tim Pieters was found hidden amongst bushes and now the case is being reopened. Leading the investigation is Detective Ella Marconi who knows this case won't be easy. Trying to find witnesses from nineteen years ago will be a challenge and seeing what they can remember may also be a tough ask.

Georgie is a paramedic and the last person she expected to be partnered with is Freya. Georgie and Freya were best friends when they were younger until the day when Freya left...more
Deborah Biancotti
Wow, Howell is a masterful storyteller. Her writing is sharp, her action is clear, and her clever interweaving of conversation and clues with active, energetic scenes makes this book almost cinematic.

I did have a hard time separating the multitude of characters - there are at least 6 point of view characters & every one of them comes with a full background of lovers/friends/family/enemies. Chapters are assigned arbitrarily across the characters (& the years) so that you never get more th...more
It's nearly impossible for a reader to understand what it must be like to write a series of books, based around the same characters. All we can do is be extremely grateful that writers like Katherine Howell can do it, book after book, maintaining the same high standard, giving us new stories, and new situations for the characters to appear in, keeping the series fresh and interesting all the time.

Following on from FRANTIC and THE DARKEST HOUR, the third book COLD JUSTICE again simply does not mi...more
Detective Ella Marconi has been handed a cold case involving a gruesome murder nineteen years ago of school boy Tim Pieters. Tim’s cousin, Callum, is now a member of Parliament, and has decided to push the police to re-open the case to find the killer.

During the course of locating witnesses from 19 years ago, Ella tracks down Georgie who was just a teenager at the time, and also the one who discovered Tim’s body, hidden in bushes. She was at the same school as Tim, even though they were two yea...more
Jenni Boyd
I really enjoyed this book, I was able to delve into the minds of the characters of Detective Ella Marconi, who is investigating a cold case and Georgie Daniels a paramedic who had stumbled across the body of her classmate nineteen years ago. Katherine Howell cleverly brings all those from the past who have a connection with the victim, to the present day, drawing you into the mystery with tiny clues of who killed Tim Pieters and why, bringing you to a conclusion that will not only surprise you,...more
Jill Smith
This is a really great read. The action and interaction between the main character and her work mate has you guessing immediately, a real hook into the story.

Freya and Georgie had been friends at school and had lost touch with one another. This was a very unusual reunion. Both had secrets they were unwilling to share that dated back to their adolescence. Little did either of them know that an aspiring politician would raise a re-investigation of an unsolved murder that happened at their High Sch...more
Georgie is a paramedic sent to the city for review following some problems with her supervisor in the country. Many years ago when she was just a teenager she found the murdered body of Tim Pieters when out walking her dog. The case was never solved and has just been re-opened as a cold case with detective Ella Marconi assigned to investigate it.

By coincidence Georgie has been teamed up to work with Freya, who was her best friend at school but disappeared suddenly after Tim Pieters was killed....more
Katherine Howell has done it again and brilliantly. Cold Justice is a compelling, multi-layered read that combines "all that is good" from this author. Howell's attention to detail is once again, meticulous. The sights, smells, sounds and emotions of the paramedic scene are visceral, the next best thing to actually being there. When an author writes what she knows and a reader feels like a participant rather than an observer, I think it's safe to say the author has done her job superbly!

I don't...more
Jill Smith
Book Review
By Jill Smith © November 2010
Title: Cold Justice
Author: Katherine Howell
Publisher: Pan Macmillan

This is a really great read. The action and interaction between the main character and her work mate has you guessing immediately, a real hook into the story.

Freya and Georgie had been friends at school and had lost touch with one another. This was a very unusual reunion. Both had secrets they were unwilling to share that dated back to their adolescence. Little did either of them know that...more
It’s been a while since I’ve read a crime/detective novel, and I tend to be really hit and miss when I do read them. I’ve never read them with the intention of ‘catching’ the criminal, I prefer to be taken along for the ride wherever it might take me. Which is why Katherine Howell’s Cold Justice was such a great read – it was definitely an exciting ride to be taken on!

I knew nothing about this series when I first picked up the book, so for the first couple of chapters I really felt like I’d been...more
Dee Cameron
Not bad, but slow and laborious through the dialogue 'he said, she said'. Also the ambulance professional point of view in medical procedure wore thin. The storytelling and intrigue though was good.
John Bartlett
Katherine Howell's books are great for escapist reading. Her characters are believable. Her attention to detail is spot on; she creates a very evocative atmosphere.
The plot moves rapidly along and is impossible to second guess the final result.
What more would you want for a bit of escapism?
I've just finished reading 'Cold Justice' which is about the fourth I've read in the Ella Marconi series.

Howell's experience as a paramedic comes across in her detailed descriptions and Ella mrconi is an attr...more
Diana Hockley
Now this Katherine Howell novel lived up to my expectations! The characters are believable and the plot twists were feasible and exciting.

I don't want to give a spoiler, so I will say that the ending was a surprise to me - and I am not easily caught out by the identity of the murderer, but I didn't guess who it was until almost the end.

The usual characters - Ella Marconi and Murray Shakespeare are there and the MP cousin is an engaging newcomer to the stable of regular characters in Howell's boo...more
4.5 stars
Another enjoyable read.
I haven't read one of Katherine Howell's paramedic/police procedural novels for a while and I had forgotten what I was missing. These books are a really enjoyable read and this is probably the best of the bunch - and had me guessing most of the way. Ella Marconi is at the top of her game - now if only she could sort out her personal life!
Awesome once again. Only four stars this time as there were a couple of frustrating bits I wanted to shout to the detective to pay attention to but all up another great Katherine Howell book with slightly more medical detail to make it even more interesting. Can't wait for a fourth book to be written.
Michele Davis
Loved this book. Even though I soon knew who the murderer was from a reference in a later book ( bugger!) my fault as I started with Katherine's most recent book and are reading them as I find them. Once again was struck by how real and vulnerable her characters are. Fast paced, a great read .
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Graham Crawford
A good holiday novel. Alas I read one of the later books in the series first - and knew who the murderer was. The fact I still enjoyed this book is proof of Howells skill with drawing characters.
Very good who done it book? keeps you guessing.
Another great Katherine Howell - could barely put this one down!
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Katherine Howell worked as a paramedic for fifteen years while completing her Bachelor and Masters degrees in creative writing. Her first novel, Frantic, was published in 2007 by Pan Macmillan and set a paramedic alongside Sydney police detective Ella Marconi in 'an adrenaline rush of a thriller' (Sydney Morning Herald). It won the 2008 Davitt award for best crime fiction. Her second book, The Dar...more
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